Comment 40169

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted April 26, 2010 at 15:11:58

I went to high school in Grimsby and Burlington and learned in those five years that Hamilton was 1) to be sneered at, 2) to be avoided unless you need to go to a mall, 3) to be vaguely ashamed of, 4) home to a university I could drive to from my parents' house. And so to Hamilton I came.

For four years as an undergrad, I knew nothing but McMaster, Westdale and that great, lamented rep cinema on King William. Downtown Hamilton was just a scary place rife with punks and Cameros from which I caught the bus back to Burlington late at night.

I was hired by McMaster after I graduated and so I stayed in Hamilton. But it took me more than ten years before I would say "I am from Hamilton" instead of "I live in Hamilton."

So count me as another Mac student who came to love Hamilton ... eventually.

I, too, wonder if McMaster students today feel any more connected to the city (or even Westdale) than we did back in the 80s and 90s.

Comment edited by moylek on 2010-04-26 14:19:46

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